September 26th, 2016

Outdoor fun and learning on the agenda as building gets new lease of life

Updated: 10:12 am, Apr 22, 2016

A DISUSED outdoor education building in Bromsgrove is finally getting a new lease of life thanks to a 48-hour renovation project.

Staff and students from Hunters Hill Technology College had not used the ‘stables’ for more than three years because of funding issues.

They spent that time raising more than £30,000 to return it to its former glory and, on Wednesday and Thursday this week, a team of 22 builders from B&Q and TradePoint did just that.

College teacher Jackie Skeldon said they climbed the three peaks of Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike and Snowdon in 2013.

They also took on the ‘coast to coast’ cycle challenge from Whitehaven to Sunderland and did a Triathlon from Bangor to Cardiff.

So when Jackie got in touch with B&Q to ask if they had any spare equipment, the response was more than she’d bargained for.

B&Q and TradePoint have contributed more than £7,000 of equipment including two fitted kitchens, power tools and building materials such as bricks, cement, sand and spirit levels for students to use in their Life Skills classes.

Residential social worker Daniel Reed said the space would act as a campsite and classroom for disadvantaged children, offering them education and a safe place to play when it re-opens in summer.

Sean Heenan, a member of the B&Q TradePoint renovation team, said: “We wanted to put something back into the community and, after looking at the amazing work the school does and the sometimes challenging backgrounds the children come from, we thought this would be a great project for us to get involved in this year.”

 

Staff and students will continue raising funds to develop the stables as they embark on another adventure across the three peaks from June 30 until 1 July with West Midlands Fire Service and Help for Heroes.

 

Visit www.mydonate.bt.com/events/huntershill3peaks to support the children in their quest to raise more funds.

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